One fundamental tenet of our shared faith is that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and eternal life. Plain and simple. Open and shut. Done deal.
John 14:6 (ESV) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."It doesn't get any more clear cut than that, folks. You'd think this would be a no-brainer for ALL CHRISTIANS regardless of the denomination they belong to. However, according to some so-called 'preachers' and 'teachers' of God's Word, they're not so sure it's that cut-and-dry. Welcome to the end times (2 Peter 3; 2 Timothy 4:2-3).
Those statistics are not even the most ridiculous part of this piece. You know something's wrong when Rick Warren (quoted in the article) is the most Biblically sound theologian cited from that group of pastors. The mere fact that PASTORS are getting is so wrong on one of the most basic truths of Christianity is evidence of where we are on God's prophetic timeline. That question should've garnered disagreement at a rate of 100% with the 1,000 Protestant Pastors surveyed. Share|
Is Christianity The Only Means To Eternal Life?
A recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research found that while a majority of Protestant pastors believe Christianity is the only way to obtain eternal life, there is a small percentage who strongly feel other religions offer eternal salvation as well. The survey asked 1,000 Protestant pastors the question, “If a person is sincerely seeking God, he/she can obtain eternal life through religions other than Christianity.” Seventy-seven percent of the pastors questioned said that they strongly disagree with the statement and seven percent somewhat disagreed. Another seven percent somewhat agreed and five percent strongly agreed. Three percent said they are not sure. The educational level of the pastor played a role in their decision making. Pastors with a graduate degree were more likely to strongly agree with the statement, and less likely to strongly disagree, compared to pastors with a bachelor’s degree or less. The educational level of the pastor played a role in their decision making. Pastors with a graduate degree were more likely to strongly agree with the statement, and less likely to strongly disagree, compared to pastors with a bachelor's degree or less. The study also found that evangelical Christians held stricter views on the universality of eternal salvation compared to mainline pastors. According to LifeWay, 85 percent of evangelical pastors were more likely to strongly disagree that there are other ways to eternal life other than Christianity than mainline pastors at 57 percent. Only two percent of evangelical pastors strongly agreed with the statement, while 11 percent of mainline pastors strongly agreed.